More than half a million men undergo a vasectomy each year, making it the most commonly performed male birth control procedure. Leading New York City urologist Lauren B. Schulz, DO specializes in no-scalpel vasectomy procedures at Total Urology Care of New York. She’s performed several successful procedures, so you can feel confident that your vasectomy will be safe and effective. Call or use the online booking tool to schedule your appointment.
You have two narrow tubes in your testicles, one on each side, called the vas deferens. These tubes are responsible for sending sperm from your testicles to your seminal fluid during ejaculation. The purpose of a vasectomy is to disrupt that flow of sperm by severing the vas deferens.
After a vasectomy, your testicles continue making sperm, but there’s no longer a way out. That doesn’t affect your ability to ejaculate, achieve an erection, or reach orgasm. Your ejaculations just no longer contain sperm.
A vasectomy is an in-office procedure that takes about 20 minutes. First, if requested, your practitioner applies a topical numbing cream to your skin at the treatment area or supplies an oral sedative. You can also expect a local injection with a numbing agent to make your procedure as comfortable and painless as possible.
Next, Dr. Schulz gently punctures your scrotum with a needle to access to your vas deferens. She carefully cuts each vas deferens and seals the ends. Because she doesn’t use a scalpel for this procedure, you won’t require stitches.
You can engage in sexual activities as soon as you feel comfortable, which will probably take anywhere from three to seven days. After the procedure, you can expect to experience some soreness and swelling. Usually, it’s best to take it easy for a few days and let your body heal.
After a vasectomy, your sperm still contains semen, so it’s important to continue using backup forms of birth control, like condoms (for you) or the pill (for her), for several months.
After about two to three months, Dr. Schulz can order a semen analysis to ensure your seminal fluid doesn’t contain sperm. When all the sperm that remains in your system is gone, you won’t require backup methods of birth control any longer.
Find out if a no-scalpel vasectomy is right for you by booking a consultation at Total Urology Care of New York today.